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Veteran’s Day Parade Honors Those Who Are Serving And Those Who Have Served

12 November 2017  
United States Navy veteran Don Briggs awaits the start of the Veteran's Day parade inside a corvette as one of the grand marshals on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Thousands Come out to Honor Veterans During Annual Veteran's Day Parade

PRESCOTT- United States Navy veteran Don Briggs got to be a self-called “big-shot” on Saturday, November 11th, as one of the five grand marshals representing each branch of The United States Armed Forces during the Veteran’s Day Parade in Prescott.

“I’d rather be that then a substitute (grand marshal),” laughed Briggs, who served in the Navy from 1943-1945 and once again in 1951.

Thousands showed up to the annual tradition that lasted around two hours featuring various entries. Veteran’s day parade committee member Denise Mackey says the event is on par with the metropolitan Phoenix festivities.

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“We’re about the same size,” said Mackey, who has been working on the parade committee for the last five years. “We have 87 entries and they (Phoenix) do too. Congratulations to Prescott.”

Whether in a Corvette, walking with the parade or on a float, hundreds of veterans were honored with individuals standing and clapping for a majority of the parade.

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“(My favorite part of the parade is) To see the excitement in their eyes that people are recognizing them,” Mackey said. “I say thank you to every single one.”

On this veteran’s day, Briggs had one request.

“No more wars,” Briggs said.